Left bank of the Tay at Scone Palace. By arrangement with Stormont Angling Club. Download a pdf beat map by clicking here.
Availability in 2019
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This beat is on the lowest reaches of the Tay, where the river is big and powerful and affected by the tide. Check tide times before fishing, and take great care when wading. Use a wading stick and lifejacket.
From top end (at the fishing hut) downstream, the pools are as follows: Grainhead - Back of the Island - Top of Woody Hole - Tail of Woody Hole - Flats ( all fly only), Bunkers to Quarry Mill (fly or spinning).
Fishing on this beat has specific protocol regards queuing and not entering the river in front of other anglers, please ensure this is followed (if in doubt - ask).
Fish tend to run through, around an hour or two before and after high tide (some fishing time may be lost at high water). The current through most of the beats is quite fast so sinking lines or skagits work best. Try using WetCel 2 lines or 3-4 sinking lines with 1" to 2" tube flies: Willie Gunn, Orange, Black & Silver, Yellow & Black, Allies Shrimp.
In lowish water the fish tend to be on the Muirton side with the current flow, but in high water fish are spread out and more to the Rome Croy side.
- Fly fishing only from Rome Croy downstream to Catmoor Burn.
- During the periods 5 February to the first Monday in May, and from 29 June to 20 August inclusive, fishing on the Grainhead Stream is allowed after 6pm only.
- Spinning is allowed from Catmoor Burn downstream to the end of the beat.
Breach in bank
Jan 2018: This breach in the banking is at Rome Croy Grainhead Stream between the main river and the backwater at the back of the island, approx 100 yds from fishing hut. Great care should be taken in higher water.
Leave Perth via the A93 northwards to Old Scone, and turn left in Old Scone at the sign post for Stormontfield. Follow this road for a quarter of a mile and turn left down a farm-style road, just opposite the duck pond. Follow this road down to the designated parking area behind the hut, ensuring all gates are closed behind you. Do not take your car down to the bunkers area below the flats.